'Toxic boys club': Women in politics join calls for code of conduct in parliament

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'Toxic boys club': Women in politics join calls for code of conduct in parliament

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Greens Senator Larissa Waters at a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, 30 November, 2020. (AAP Image/Mick Tsikas) NO ARCHIVING Source: AAP

Federal MPs have told a women’s leadership summit a "legacy of misogyny" and "sexist underbelly" continues to plague Australian politics and must be addressed.

Women from across the political spectrum have called for greater representation in parliament and a code of conduct to create a safer and more equal workplace.

Several federal MPs attended a summit run by the ANU's Global Institute for Women's Leadership on Thursday where they described the culture in politics as a “toxic boys club” with a "sexist underbelly". 

The institute was founded by Australia’s first female prime minister Julia Gillard to examine the underrepresentation of women in leadership roles.

It comes after a spotlight has been placed on the treatment of women in Australian politics this year following allegations of sexual assault and misogyny, which culminated in a nationwide women’s march.  

Click here to read the full article published by SBS on 15 July 2021.

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